Saturday, June 8, 2013


On Father’s Day, 16 June 2013, indulge Dad and satisfy the whole family’s appetite with special offers from the hotel’s participating restaurants. Senior citizen Dads receive 50% discount on buffet and all Dads get a chance to win a Rudy Project timepiece!

Dad can have a feast at Market Café with free-flowing beer and sodas for lunch or dinner with barbecued steaks, prime ribs, lamb cutlets, Beef Wellington, and more for only P2, 100 net per person.   If seafood is what he craves, satisfy his appetite with oysters, prawns and baby lobsters. A dessert show kitchen filled with tempting confections of freshly baked pastries, chocolates, cakes and home-made ice cream are guaranteed to end the feast on a sweet note.  Dine in a group of four for lunch and dinner buffet and Dad dines for free.

At Li Li, look forward to a special Father’s Day Yum Cha for only P 1,950 net per person inclusive of free-flowing iced tea, soft drinks and local beer.  From 11:30 am to 3:00 pm, a wide array of traditional and inventive dim sum creations await like steamed shrimp dumpling or “Har Gaw”, Deep fried Bicho-Bicho stuffed minced shrimp with wasabi sauce, Baked Barbecued Puff Pastry and Fish Shaped Dumpling with Cod Fish. For a more elaborate entree don’t miss the wok-fried and roasted Cantonese specialties such as Roast Duck and Asado Sushi, Crispy Suckling Pig, Oolong Tea Smoked Shrimps and Deep-Fried Scallops with Shrimp Mousse and Crab Roe. For dessert, diners can indulge in the tempting arrays of sweets such as milk chocolate fountain with assorted goodies for dipping and Chivas chocolate shooters to name a few. As a special treat, every group of eight entitles Dad to a free yum cha.

The Fireplace on the other hand opens its door for lunch on Father’s Day. For only P2, 500 net per person, Sous Chef Noel Bejasa prepares a family-style sharing lunch menu featuring dishes such as Asparagus Cream Soup, Marinated Lamb Skewers, and Certified Angus Beef Sliders, Duck Ravioli with Tomato and Basil Sauce, Grilled Salmon Fillet with Dill Cream, Thyme Risotto and Warm Walnut Chocolate Cake--enough to satisfy all the family’s appetite. Dine in a group of four and Dad will enjoy a complimentary meal.

If on the lookout for a scrumptious Father’s Day cake, Pastry Boutique offers the limited edition Macchiato Cake for only PHP 880 net. A dark chocolate espresso made from dark chocolate cocoa beans, espresso mousse, light coffee sponge cake and Italian meringue, this is surely perfect for coffee loving Dads.

Club at the Hyatt members are entitled to 20% discount on Father’s Day lunch and dinner offerings. For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Center on +63 2 247 8666 or make your booking online by visiting  Alternatively, e-mail

About Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino Manila
Hyatt Regency Hotel & Casino Manila is a five-star hotel surrounded by Manila’s culturally rich and well-preserved historical points of interest.  The 33-storey mixed-use complex offers 376 elegantly designed guestrooms and accommodates the largest number of suites in the Bay Area, including 58 Specialty Suites and four Presidential Suites.  The hotel features three innovative and authentic restaurants, a pastry shop, an entertainment outlet, four floors of Regency Club accommodation as well as the most stylish and advanced event spaces in town.  Fully equipped recreational and premier gaming facilities are also on the premises.  The hotel is only a few minutes from the international airport, the convention center, top tourist attractions and the city’s business district. 

For more information, please call +63 2 245 1234 or visit  “Like” us on Facebook –  

Saturday, May 4, 2013

The Big Shaker Mobile Bar concept is tagged as "beverage catering".

Have you ever thought of giving more fun and spark to your event, whether at the home or at the office?

Try BIG SHAKER MOBILE BAR, the perfect addition to your or any other party for that matter and create that one-of-a-kind party experience where you can eat, drink and be totally merry, as the saying goes, together with colleagues, friends and loved ones.

If there is catering for food, the mobile bar concept is tagged as “beverage catering” that makes any event more interesting and appealing. 

BIG SHAKER MOBILE BAR, gives your event an exciting and appealing cocktail mixes that you will surely love. Its signature color finish and design gives a classy look when lighted up and exudes excitement, thus perfectly suits the mood and theme of any event.  

BIG SHAKER MOBILE BAR aims to provide and create unique concoctions, personalize drinks to complement your event's theme or concept. It also offers package variations and a lot of add-ons, whether drinks or “pika-pika” at very accommodating rates.

Your event doesn’t have to be just like any other event. BIG SHAKER Mobile Bar can spice up your event and make it more memorable.

Make it big with BIG SHAKER Mobile Bar!  

For other details about corporate and other event packages of Big Shaker Mobile Bar, contact 09498777675or landline no 2964461 email Please like us on Facebook

Thursday, May 2, 2013


On 12 May 2013, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila honours every Mom on Mother’s Day with gastronomic delights and a day of fun. Make a fashion statement by co-ordinating your outfit with your Mom for a chance to win luxurious Pevonia beauty products.

At Market Café, enjoy lunch or dinner buffet for only PHP 2,100 net per person inclusive of free-flowing soft drinks. Roll up your sleeves for unlimited servings of the sweet and spicy Singaporean Chili Crab, Roast Duck with Meat Dripping, Salmon in Buttery Brioche Crust, and the earthy goodness of Truffle Mashed Potatoes, to name a few. The freshly baked pastries, cakes and homemade ice cream from the dessert station are guaranteed to satisfy anyone’s sweet tooth. While everyone toasts free flowing drinks in the midst of feasting, let the kids surprise Mom with lovingly designed cupcakes just to say how much she is loved.

At Li Li, Chef de Cuisine Andy Chan creates a nine-course set menu for only PHP 2, 500 net per person, featuring authentic Cantonese cuisine with an enhanced selections such as Crispy Skin Suckling Pig with Jelly Fish, Silky Japanese Conpoy Soup with Seafood and Abalone Shell, Wok-Fried Angus Beef Tenderloin with Scallops in XO Chili Sauce and Golden Crisp Deep-Fried Prawn with Shrimp Mousse and Crab Roe.  

The popular Sunday Yum Cha is ideal to those who enjoy an endless array of delicious dim sums for brunch.  For only PHP 1,950 net per person inclusive of free-flowing iced tea and soft drinks feast on wonderfully prepared dim sums like steamed shrimp dumpling or “Har Gaw”, Steamed Pork Dumplings “Shanghai” Style and Deep-Fried Bicho-Bicho Stuffed with Minced Meat and Wasabi Sauce. Selections include Glutinous Dumpling with Assorted Meat, Baked Imperial Peking Duck, Suckling Pig Sushi, and more.  A dessert buffet of Western desserts such as Chocolate Fudge Cake, Rose Lamingtons and Banana Flambé conclude the meal on a sweet note. 

The Fireplace opens its door for lunch with a carefully crafted “sharing “menu for only PHP 2, 500 net per person, inclusive of free-flowing iced tea.  Featuring favourite grilled dishes that are big in flavour, the menu includes Oysters, Creamy Cauliflower Soup with Tangy Cheese Straws, Pan-Fried Salmon Fillet, Mushroom Risotto, Grilled Chicken Fillet Burger, Tomato Penne Pasta with Scallops among others.  Reserve early as seating is limited.

Make Mom the happiest on her special day, and let her sit back and indulge while you plan the most pleasurable celebration.

To make a booking, please call Room Reservations on +63 2 245 1234 ext. 7512/7513 or    e-mail  Alternatively visit  

For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Center on +63 2 247 8666 or make your booking online by visiting  Alternatively, e-mail

About Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is a five-star hotel surrounded by Manila’s culturally rich and well-preserved historical points of interest.  This 33-storey mixed-use complex offers 376 elegantly designed guestrooms and accommodates the largest number of suites in the bay area, including 58 specialty suites and four Presidential suites.  The hotel features three innovative and authentic restaurants, a pastry shop, an entertainment outlet and four floors of Regency Club accommodation as well as the most stylish and advanced event spaces in town.  Fully-equipped recreational and premier gaming facilities are also on the premises.  The hotel is only a few minutes from the international airport, convention centre, top tourist attractions and the city’s business district.  For more information call +63 2 245 1234 or visit  LIKE us on Facebook –

Chateau 1771 is offering two special treats anniversary promo

In celebration of its 25th year anniversary, Chateau 1771 is offering two special treats from May 18 to 31, 2013 featuring well-loved and one-of-a kind dishes by the group’s Executive Chef, Vicky Rose Pacheco.
True to the spirit of festivity, Chateau 1771 offers two stand-out dishes that have stood the test of time with a glass of wine for P990 net, available during dinner only. The first course is the restaurant's renowned Raclette, a luxurious melted Swiss cheese with marbled potatoes, pickled onions and gherkins-- a certified favorite for over two decades. The piece de resistance is the restaurant’s head-turner, Potence. Juicy and flavorful steak hangs from a metal gallows is presented to the diner flambéed with skill and flair. The beef is seasoned, robust and tender, dressed in its natural juices then whisked with some brandy.

The second menu is a tribute to Chef Vicky’s academic roots: a degustation menu highlighting Chateau’s signature dishes, especially prepared for Hotel and Restaurant Management students and 2013 HRIM graduates. Get the royal treatment and indulge in a sumptuous degustation for every group of four at P550 net each from 2 PM to 5 PM. Designed to delight and inspire future chefs and restaurateurs, the menu includes French Onion Soup, Caesar Salad, Pasta Chorizo, Lemon Chicken, Potence, and Coffee Pie. Upon reservation, valid school ID’s or class cards should be emailed to Alina Armena at

If you're looking for a winning fine dining restaurant, look no further than Chateau 1771. Its rare offer is sexy enough for a date yet comfortable enough for family, friends, students and graduates. And with its reputation as one of the most successful restaurants in Manila, diners can be assured that at Chateau 1771, there’s no mediocre meal. It is always an experience.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Cool and Class Meet at Sidebar

Sure, Manila definitely has all the chic bars where friends can just raise the glass to fun and party but Sidebar has never been of these. Sidebar, which has been churning good music and good food in a great quaint ambience for 23 years, has not lost its charm. In fact, it has even scaled up in comfort with its newly-renovated facilities where the seemingly grandiose can be casual and pop at the same time.
Offering a fanciful look of what a ladies’ bar should be, the vibe of Sidebar is classic yet unpretentious and it’s filled with “beautiful things”, such as original paintings, bric-a-brac from the owner’s travels, glistening cocktail glasses, and a list of music streamlined with mix of classic, indie contemporary rock, and everything in between.

Quaint and sophisticated but not missing out on comfort, the newly-renovated Sidebar possesses the feel of something dainty: cozy sofas, sleek arm chairs, tall wooden beam ceiling, red brick walls, wide framed mirrors and hot red chandeliers as charming centerpieces. Adding a touch of culture and historic element are the antique banisters from Malate Church which complete Sidebar’s unique look, personally designed by no less than the owner, Ricky Gutierrez.

If on the lookout for a place to have those secret conversations or exchange unstoppable stories with friends and colleagues, where safety and security are part of the package, Sidebar is definitely the ideal venue. Located at El Pueblo Ortigas and just few blocks from malls and villages, the Sidebar evokes a different fantasy of bygone cocktail culture where cool and class meet. Attracting artists, writers, professionals, and entrepreneurs, it’s also a favorite hangout of accomplished women decision-makers for its delicious drinks and bar chows.

Speaking of delicious, Sidebar cocktails and its menu represent the best of the bunch. Since it’s from the family of the 1771 Group of Restaurants which is known for its high standard on food quality and service, anyone is assured that the same delightful touches are found in this intimate spot.  Whether it’s for a simple gathering or just feeling adventurous for yummy food and cocktails, Sidebar provides a primer for a wholesome night out experience that never goes out of style. 

Friday, April 19, 2013


Treat your family and friends with a spectacular spread of epicurean delights as Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila’s interactive restaurant, the Market Cafe offers its most exciting buffet price offer until June 30, 2013.
From Monday to Thursday, feast on a wide selection of freshly cooked Western, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Filipino cuisines and enjoy a special price of PHP990 net per person for lunch and P1099 net per person for dinner inclusive of free-flowing soft drinks and local beer.

Featured dishes include an abundant choice of appetizers, hearty salads, premium cuts of lamb and beef, fresh or baked oysters, salmon, oven-baked pizzas, pastas, sushi and sashimi, freshly made tempura and a sinful selection of homemade ice cream and desserts. 

Take advantage availing this offer and satisfy your family and friends cravings with this buffet extravaganza that assures a memorable indulgence.
For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Centre on +63 2 247 8666 or make your booking online by visiting  Alternatively, e-mail

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Consumer satisfaction, certified

How do you satisfy consumers in a highly discriminating industry such as food?

Just ensure safety and quality, which also includes taste, at all times from the sourcing of raw materials to testing, processing, packaging and transport until it reaches consumers’ dining table.

And this is what Mekeni Food Corporation assures consumers through its popular line of Mekeni products—ham, bacon, corned beef, their top-quality cured meat products such as tapa, tocino, longganisa, and of course its flagship brand, the Mekeni Picnic Hotdog. This particular product is slowly gaining ground in terms of awareness and preference among households today because of its taste that is already comparable to premium-priced brands in the market.

For the safety aspect, Mekeni Food Corporation made sure that its food manufacturing processes adhere to the strictest and most stringent standards acceptable around the world when it comes to food processing. Food safety programs such as Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and Hazard Analysis Critical Control Points (HACCP) are already in place for Mekeni to gain acceptance among local consumers.

Mekeni Food Corporation is also doubly proud of these standards because it shows that the company is doubly serious in its efforts to make safety a top priority and part of the mindset of the company’s production team at their 20-plus hectare meat processing plant in Balubad, Porac, Pampanga. This same plant is accredited by the National Meat Inspection Service (NMIS) and boasts of a “AAA” rating conferred by the same agency.

And in a project of the NMIS together with other partner-agencies when it comes to choosing the best among AAA-grade meat processing plants in the country in terms of food safety, Mekeni showed them all how to make safety part of their manufacturing veins when it won as “Best Meat Processing Plant” in not just one but three years straight years, from 2004 to 2006. For this reason, Mekeni Food Corporation was bestowed with a “Grand Slam Award” back in 2007.

But Mekeni Food Corporation is still adamant in pushing their safety processing benchmark to even greater heights not just in the local scene but international as well. In 2006, after Mekeni Food Corporation won its third straight “Best Meat Processing Plant” award, the company even made history and made the country proud by becoming the first meat processing plant  in the Philippines, the first in asia  and  the 2nd in the world to be presented with the prestigious ISO 22000 or Food Safety Management System certification.  The award cited Mekeni Food Corporation for its continued investments in modernizing its processing equipment and thorough and meticulous research and development efforts to make their products truly world class and safe.

And Mekeni Food Corporation pushed the envelope even further when 6 years after that groundbreaking award, the company was awarded as the first Food Safety System Certification (FSSC) 22000-certified hotdog processing plant in the country. This is no easy feat to achieve, especially for a company that started only as a backyard business. The FSSC requires that a company’s food safety standards should conform to the rigorous demands of global retailers or major branded food companies regarding food safety management in order for their product to gain entry into a specific market.

“Safety and quality is at the lifeblood of Mekeni Food Corporation, from the management down to the employees. Our consumers are our priority for the business so we make sure that safety and quality is always observed so as not to lose their trust and confidence, which is vital for us to survive. We thank God for giving us the wisdom and the courage to always be on our toes so that we can continue to give Filipinos safe and high-quality world-class products,” Prudencio “Pruds” Garcia, President of Mekeni Food Corporation, emphasizes.

The world-class quality Mekeni food products are available at all major groceries and supermarkets nationwide. To know more about Mekeni Food Corporation, contact (+63) 45-458-0000 or visit

Sunday, April 7, 2013

There’s Plenty of Fish in the Sea at Sentro 177

Sentro 1771 presents seafood dishes that will surely find a home to your family’s repertoire of top picks whether you’re aiming to be healthy or simply finding comfort from your all-time favorite seafood choices. Guaranteed low in saturated fat, these dishes are not only irresistible, they’re also good for the heart.  
At Sentro 1771, tasty definitely means healthy too especially if you’re having smoked milkfish spring rolls (P270) which could serve as a filling and satisfying appetizer or entree. A festive combination of smoked milkfish, salted egg, mustard greens, onions and tomato that are rolled like spring rolls, it’s served with slightly tangy vinaigrette for some zing. An explosion of color, texture, and balance of flavors, it’s a lip smacking dish minus the guilt. 
Fresh Smoked Fish Spring
Equally-appealing and filled nothing but goodness of the sea, seafood sinigang sa miso (P250) is a classic favorite minus the meat but never lacking with mouthwatering elements such as gindara, milkfish, and shrimps seasoned with miso for more depth and flavor. Good food begets fresh and all-natural ingredients, and that’s the promise of this dish. It’s spirited, chunky, and heartwarming especially that the broth is made from scratch. Plus, it has chockfull of colorful diced veggies from tomatoes, okra, taro corms, daikon, water spinach, and eggpplant stewed in tamarind. And as a charming signature tradition, you get the chance to adjust the level of sourness of the soup by sipping and tasting it before serving. 
Seafood Sinigang Sa Miso
Fried usually gets a bad rap as something calorie-laden, but not Sentro 1771’s Rated GG or galunggong (grilled mackerel scad, P230 and P445). Yes, fried healthy food does exist at Sentro 1771 as this dish is fried in olive oil, filleted and generously sprinkled with toasted bits of garlic. Executive Chef Vicky Rose Pacheco not only takes pride in creating another certified Sentro 1771 original, the lowly fish was a given a rightful and impressive reputation considering galunggong is a rich source of protein and zinc.  
Rated GG
If your family is in for smart eating, count on Sentro 1771 in satisfying you with something healthy and tasty too.  There’s nothing quite anything else like a brown rice that can make a marvelous pair with these amazing, healthy choices, so it’s a good thing that Sentro 1771 has this in the menu.  So whether you’re a healthy eater or seekers of all-natural whole foods, find these Sentro 1771 dishes indulgent, never leaving behind the taste and joy of eating while bringing a new appreciation for something deliciously low-calorie.  
Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3 is open from 11am to 11pm (Monday to Sunday) while Serendra is from 7am to 10:00 pm (Sunday to Thursday) / 7am to 11:00pm (Friday to Saturday). For inquiries and reservations, call Sentro Greenbelt 3 (02) 757 3941 or Sentro Serendra (02) 856 0581.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Wine, Dine and Chill at The Wine Bar

Whether alone or hitting the town with your fellow closest gourmands, selecting a bottle of wine to accompany your feast can seem daunting if one feels they lack pairing know-how. Not at The Wine Bar at the 1771 El Pueblo, where the restaurant not only caters to foodies and wine lovers, but also to those who aim to understand the art of wine pairing.

A member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants in El Pueblo Ortigas, The Wine Bar is a gem for those who find comfort in intimate wine and dine experience. Sleek, masculine and inspired from the sophisticated bars of Soho, New York, the venue is built with personalized spaces, comfortable nooks and private rooms that are perfect for intimate get together. With an intriguing Wine Cellar housing over 300 top quality wine choices from all over the world reserved from the enomatic dispenser with theme that varies monthly, take your pick by the glass or decide together with the in-house sommelier Cecille Mauricio. A rare feature of a restaurant outside the hotel, The Wine Bar offers endless wine and food choices coupled with a superior service that anyone can count on.

The charming wine and dine concept of WB 1771 also offers private event spaces which can accommodate up to 120 persons, perfect for intimate social events such as wedding receptions or even JS proms.  For smaller parties that need privacy, The Wine Bar features private areas that can be converted into smaller private room good for 6 to 25 persons. Boasting the same convenience of a hotel function space but in a more relaxed and intimate ambience, explore The Wine Bar function spaces if the goal is to celebrate with ease and elegance. 

oyster Rockefeller
With choicest wine selections, gourmet food on the menu that’s matched with the allure of its architecture, it’s simply a venue to celebrate life’s precious moments. Aside from its chart-topping wines, tasty and filling bites such as oyster Rockefeller (P550net),Grilled Angus Striploin (P1400 net) or the Oyster Rockefeller (P550 net) or the signature Wine Burger Bar(P410 net) can just take off the treat, whether you’re visiting for the wines or food.Selecting a wine that matches with what’s on the plate not only can make for interesting variations and interplay, The Wine Bar‘s ambiance offers a chill out  treat that’s conducive for catching up with people who matters most or simply savoring a recharging moment by yourself in a lavish and charming setting.                                                                                               
Café 1771 is located at 1771 El Pueblo, ADB Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City. Operating hours from Monday to Friday  is 6 pm to 11pm. For inquiries, call 631-7340/470-6559/0917-8660442. The Wine Bar  is a member of the 1771 Group of Restaurants that include Chateau 1771 in Greenbelt 5, Sentro 1771 in Greenbelt 3, Sentro 1771 in Serendra, Bonifacio Global City,  & Sidebar in El Pueblo Real de Manila, ADB Avenue cor. Julia Vargas Avenue, Ortigas Center, Pasig City.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013


Treat the children and the whole family with a passport to a magical adventure.  This Easter, Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila will not only keep the magic alive – it is a family celebration complete with glorious elements, including food, games and activities meant to fire up the bliss and excitement.

For only PHP 800 net for both children and adults from 11 am to 3 pm, Le Salon is transforming into a magical enchanted garden where everyone can look forward to meeting candy fairies, wizards and dwarves.  Not only are these characters a surprising delight, the afternoon buffet snacks are pouncing with sweet and savoury choices personally hand-picked by Executive Chef Josef Miklavc and his team. Fruit Magic’s refreshing fruit shakes are also available featuring their most popular concoctions.

With careful eyes and a steady hand, activities such as face painting and meringue egg decoration will surely satisfy everyone’s penchant for arts and crafts.  Plus, the line-up of interactive activities, such as balloon twisting, pin the magic wand, magic hat, eggs in a pot and an exhilarating show by a wizard performing feats of magic and illusion, serve as the ultimate icebreaker and bewitching features of the party.

Of course, it would not be an Easter party without egg hunting, so all children get to “eggs‑plore” for many eggs in the Mystery Egg Hunt, with carefully tucked away incredible prizes, including an overnight stay in a guestroom with breakfast buffet for two at the Market Café.

Since no one is meant to leave the party empty handed, prizes and surprises that await include Barbie dolls, Hot Wheels, Polly Pocket, Sqwishland, ShellCore, Faber-Castell Philippines novelties and IFEX notebooks, ABS-CBN publishing’s Working Mom, Spiders, and Cars magazines, plus Worlds of Fun and Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila gift certificates.  For goodies and snacks, Oishi, Chips Delight, Smileys, Egg Bites, Trolli Gummi Candies, Yakult, Selecta Moo chocolate and milk drink, Lucky Me Special, Monde Specials, Nestle Professional, Purefoods Fun Nuggets and Tender Juicy Hotdogs, Magnolia Ice Cream, San Miguel Foods Inc- Great Food Solutions, Clara Ole, Smuckers,  Treetop and Jack N’ Jill Snacks such as Star Pops, Coca-Cola soft drinks, Quake Bars, Star Fruits, Wiggles, Yammy Chocolate Chewy Candy, Cream-O, Magic Creams Junior and Presto bring their most-loved products as a take-home gift.

To kick the Easter party up a notch, families can combine fun and feast by dining at any of the Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila restaurants and taking advantage of the special rate of PHP 400 net!

Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is located at 1588 Pedro Gil cor M.H. Del Pilar St., Malate, Manila.

For more information, please call the Food and Beverage Reservations Centre on +63 2 247 8666 or make a booking online by visiting  Alternatively, email

Nutritional Gap Keeps You from Being at Your Best Every Day

Diabetes, hypertension, obesity – more and more people are getting afflicted with these so-called “lifestyle diseases”. [W71] As a result, their performance at work or at play is impaired. What is causing the increasing number of cases of lifestyle diseases? According to the Food and Nutrition Research Institute (FNRI), an unhealthy diet is a key factor in the prevalence of these conditions.

Vitamins and minerals are necessary for proper food metabolism. When we do not get the right amount of vitamins and minerals into our body, we are unable to efficiently turn the proteins and carbohydrates that we eat into energy. This is why even though we eat so much, we still feel weak and get tired quickly.

Vitamins and minerals are also needed to strengthen our immune system. When we have a shortage of important vitamins and minerals in our body, our immune system is less than optimal and we become vulnerable to illness.

This unhealthy diet creates a vicious cycle: when we feel sick or weak or tired, we lose our drive to engage in healthy physical activities such as sports or exercise. Even simple things such as walking or climbing stairs become tiresome. This leads to a sedentary lifestyle, where we feel that changing our diet and physical routine is too great an effort; so it’s not surprising that our health and our quality of life suffer.

Lack of nutrients

For example, the FNRI’s Recommended Nutrient Intake (RENI ) on a daily basis for Vitamin A is 550 micrograms for male adults (ages 19 years to 65 years and above) while 500 micrograms are recommended for female adults (ages 19 years to 65 years and above).  However, the 2008 survey shows that actual average Vitamin A intake among Filipino adults is just 499.6 micrograms, while the elderly only take in 379.9 micrograms daily.

In the case of Vitamin C, the RENI for male adults (19 years to 65+ years old) is 75 milligrams while the RENI for female adults (19 years to 65+ years old) is 70 milligrams. The 2008 survey however shows that on the average, Filipino adults only consume 44.7 milligrams of Vitamin C daily, while the elderly consume 44.5 milligrams daily.

As for calcium, the RENI for  male adults are 750 milligrams for those aged 19 to 64 years old and 800 milligrams for those aged 65 years old and above. The RENI for female adults are 750 grams for those aged 19 years to 49 years old and 800 grams for those aged 50 years old and above.

According to the 2008 FNRI survey, the actual average daily calcium consumption among adults is only 370 milligrams, while the elderly only consume 330 milligrams of calcium every day.

Iron consumption among Filipino adults is also below the RENI. The RENI for iron among  male adults aged 19 years to 65 years old and above is 12 milligrams. The RENI for iron among non-pregnant female adults for those aged 19 years to 64 years old is 27 milligrams, while the RENI for those aged 65 years and above is 10 milligrams of iron.

Actual average iron consumption among Filipino adults however, was found to be only at 9.4 milligrams daily, while the average consumption among the elderly was even lower at 7.5 milligrams a day.

The 2008 FNRI survey also found that 65 percent of Filipinos across population groups are not taking enough calories to meet their daily energy requirement. 

The RENI pegs the energy requirements for Filipino male adults as follows: 19 to 29 years old, 2490 kilocalories (kcal); 30 to 49 years old, 2420 kcal; 50 to 64 years old, 2170 kcal; and 65 years old and above at 1890 kcal.

For female adults the energy requirements are: 19 to 29 years old, 1860 kcal; 30 to 49 years old, 1810 kcal; 50 to 64 years old, 1820 kcal; and 65 years old and above at 1410 kcal.

On the average however, Filipino adults only consume 1915 kcal daily while the elderly consume even less, with only 1436 kcal daily.  According to FNRI’s computation, these figures mean that 65 percent of Filipinos are not getting enough energy for their everyday activities.

Supplement for peak performance
So how do we change to a healthy lifestyle and be at our best? Obviously, we need to commit ourselves first to a healthy diet. The FNRI website (  provides an illustrated, dietary guide called the Filipino Food Pyramid to help us make the right food choices for optimum health and nutrition.

Besides switching to a healthy diet, Filipinos also need to take health supplements to fill in the nutrition gaps on days when, for one reason or another, one’s food choices are less than ideal.

There are encouraging signs that more and more Filipinos are becoming educated about the value of nutritional supplements and they are taking more of these. FNRI surveys show in 2003, only 22.9% of Filipinos said they took health supplements.  In 2008, that figure had risen to 46.8%[BOA3] . [o4] 

The top two reasons these people gave for taking supplements were (1) health and (2) extra energy[BOA5] [o6] . Other reasons were “doctor-recommended,” “perform better in school/work,” and “not getting enough vitamins from the diet.”

To get the maximum benefits from a vitamins and minerals supplement, make sure to choose one that has complete nutritional content.  Centrum is complete and specially balanced with 30 vitamins and minerals our body needs, from vitamins A to Zinc. Taking Centrum can help complete your nutritional needs everyday. For adults 50 years old and up, on the other hand, Centrum Silver’s age-adjusted formula is perfect for the changing needs in one’s golden years.

Tuesday, April 2, 2013


Famous for its superior quality and fresh flavor, The Fireplace introduces Tasmanian Atlantic Salmon with an exquisitely crafted menu by Chef Noel showcasing its fine texture and taste.

Native of the pristine unpolluted waters of Tasmania, this famed Atlantic Salmon makes up only around 1.5% of the world’s salmon production. Enriched with omega-3 and proteins, discover the richness of this Atlantic salmon variety with selections like Roasted Herbs Crusted Salmon with Creamy Spinach , Peppered Salmon Steak with Cognac Pepper Cream Sauce and more.

The perfect sweet conclusion is the luscious Hot Chocolate Soup. A signature dessert at the Fireplace, this rich, velvety and creamy dark chocolate is topped with a scoop of cracked pepper vanilla ice-cream, a unique chocolate creation that has a reputation of its own. 

About The Fireplace
The Fireplace is an upscale grill room offering perfectly cooked prime meats and seafood.   A perfect spot for wining and dining, the restaurant charms guests with its elegant brass interiors and open kitchen concept.  In full view is a large wood-fired oven where chefs prepare their culinary masterpieces.  A wine library with a vast collection of European and New World wines is another attraction.  With its relaxing atmosphere and excellent cuisine, The Fireplace provides a dining experience like no other.  For enquiries, please call +63 2 247 8666 or email

About Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila
Hyatt Hotel and Casino Manila is a five-star hotel surrounded by Manila’s culturally-rich and well-preserved historical points of interest. This 33-storey mixed-use complex offers 376 elegantly designed guestrooms and accommodates the largest number of suites in the bay area, including 58 specialty suites and four presidential suites. The hotel features three innovative and authentic restaurants, a pastry shop, an entertainment outlet, four floors of Regency Club accommodation, as well as the most stylish and advanced event spaces in town. Fully-equipped recreational and premier gaming facilities are also on the premises.  The hotel is only a few minutes from the international airport, convention centre, top tourist attractions and the city’s business district. For more information, call +63 2 245 1234 or visit  LIKE us on Facebook -

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Perfect Combination: You, Me, and Rossi Sweet Red

As it symbolizes a lot of aspects of love, wine has become a common sight in romantic occasions, the most popular of which is Valentine's. Whether given as a gift paired with chocolates and flowers or as a special drink for the dinner date, having a bottle of wine on Valentine’s sparks passion, romance, and love.

Of all the kinds of wine, sweet red wine is the most apt symbol of love. Its color expresses passion and its taste evokes enchantment, making it feel a lot like love. Akin to every sip of sweet red, love is full of surprises and delight. Such charm is experienced in every sip of Rossi Sweet Red. 

Crafted from grapes grown in California’s sun-drenched vineyards, Rossi Sweet Red is bursting with flavor and aroma, creating a different kind of sweet. According to Von De Torres, Managing Director of Emperador Distillers, it is what a real sweet red wine should be.
“All the flavors of vanilla, bright cherry and wild raspberry come together in a deliciously sweet complement of fresh fruit and a velvety soft finish. This is real sweet red wine that suits Filipinos’ preference for sweet wine. ”

Every year, couples look forward to Valentine’s, thinking of creative ways to celebrate the special day. Crafting a different celebration from the years past has become a regular challenge. But with Rossi Sweet Red, a memorable Valentine’s is easy -- it's your perfect choice for every sweet moment of the Heart’s Month.

“Rossi Sweet Red is perfect for every sweet moment specially this month of love. Whether you are at home watching a movie or having a fancy dinner, popping a bottle of Rossi Sweet Red surely makes the moment unforgettable. Surprise your love more by serving a different kind of sweet, with a stem-less wine glass, some ice, and Rossi Sweet Red,” suggests De Torres.
‘On the rocks’ is said to be a cool way to enjoy this sweet red wine. The ice brings out the flavor and makes for a smoother finish. “It doesn’t compromise the taste and actually makes it even better. Even if the ice melts, the taste stays perfect – you can savor all the sweetness and real wine flavor,” she assures.

Because of its flavor, Rossi Sweet Red can be easily paired with any kind of food. From popcorn and chips, to special home-made dinners, to medium-rare steak, the flavors of this sweet red wine complement the savor of these dishes.

Every relationship should be like good wine: the older it gets, the better it becomes. Having Rossi Sweet Red this month of love is perfect – rekindle your passion and let love grow.

Because “I love you” should go beyond words, spend a great time with that special someone and make sure to enjoy every special moment. In this Month of Hearts, perfect combination is you, me, and Rossi Sweet Red on the rocks – a different kind of sweet for a different kind of Valentine’s.